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Retiree Division – Senior Expo & Luncheon – Oct. 25th

Dear 1199C Retiree,

The Retiree Division of District 1199C is pleased to invite you to a Senior Expo and luncheon on Thursday, October 25, 2018. This event will be help at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in City Line Avenue at Monument Road in Philadelphia.

We are excited to present this event, which will combine displays by vendors whose products and services are of specific interest and benefit to us seniors. This is the Expo part of the events on October 25. Vendors will be available to you between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

We hope you will come out and spend some time with our vendors and gain insight into products and services which will be of specific interest to you.

We have invited speakers on a variety of topics, from politics – this is an election year, after all – to financial advise for seniors. The program will start at 11:00 and will be followed by a delicious buffet luncheon scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Best of all, there is no cost to you!

We very much hope that you’ll come out and join us on October 25th. Please let us know you’ll be coming by calling the Benefit Fund office at (215)735-5720 or 1 (800) 531-1199 if you’re outside the (215) calling area.

We very much look forward to seeing you on October 25th!

In Solidarity,

Adele Morrisey Butler
President, Retiree Division, District 1199C

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

The Benefit Fund for Hospital and Health Care Employees – Philadelphia and Vicinity (“Fund”) complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. The Fund does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

Why Fruits and Vegetables Matter for Men

Why do fruits & vegetables matter to men? Your family and friends are counting on you to be there. Compared to people who eat only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases. Depending on age and level of physical activity, men should eat between 2 to 21/2 cups of fruit and 21/2 to 4 cups of vegetables every day. Eating more fruits and vegetables is a smart thing you can do for your health.

Food Truck Options: Made Simple

One of the best ways to approach eating healthy is to think about Traffic Light Eating. Just like when we are driving a car, a traffic light tells us what to do: Green means “go”;  Yellow tells us to “slow down”;  Red means “stop” and think.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Change In Benefits, Please Read Carefully

IMPORTANT NOTICE – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!
To All Members and Beneficiaries of the

Benefit Fund for Hospital and Health Care Employees – Philadelphia and Vicinity

NOTICE OF CHANGE IN BENEFITS

This notice, called a “summary of material modifications,” advises you of changes in the information presented in your summary plan description (sometimes called an “SPD” or “descriptive booklet”) with respect to the Benefit Fund For Hospital and Health Care Employees – Philadelphia and Vicinity (the “Plan”). Please do three things with this notice: (1) Read it and, if you have any questions, contact the Plan Administrator; (2) keep this notice with your SPD; (3) mark the Sections of the SPD that have been changed, so that when you refer to that Section of the SPD, you will be reminded that the change described in this notice has occurred.

The following change to the eligibility requirements for the Plan’s prescription drug benefits applies to Wage Class I members who are not disabled and who retire on or after January 1, 2015:

1. If you are a Wage Class I member who is not disabled and you retire on or after January 1, 2015 with a normal retirement benefit (age 65 or older) or an early retirement benefit (age 55-64), you must have 20 years of service to be eligible for the Plan’s prescription drug benefits.

This change results in the elimination of eligibility for the prescription drug benefits for Class 2A (65/10 Wage Class I) and Class 3A (65/5 Wage Class I) members and the modification of Class 8A eligibility for members who retire on or after January 1, 2015. This change to the prescription drug benefit eligibility requirements does not apply to Wage Class I members who retire before January 1, 2015.

The following change to the out-of-pocket maximum for the Plan’s prescription drug benefits applies to all Wage Class I members and retirees effective January 1, 2015:

2. Effective January 1, 2015, if you are a Wage Class I member or retiree eligible for the Plan’s prescription drug benefits, the maximum annual out-of-pocket expense (including deductibles, coinsurance and copayments) that you will incur for covered prescriptions is $2,000 per year if you have individual coverage and $4,000 per year if you have coverage for yourself and your covered dependents.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS NOTICE PLEASE CONTACT THE FUND OFFICE

PLEASE KEEP THIS NOTICE WITH YOUR SUMMARY PLAN DESCRIPTION

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1199ers Cruise Through Alaska

 

1199ers Cruise Alaska

1199ers Cruise Alaska

1199ers took a cruise through Alaska to end the summer of 2014. Cruising aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Rhapsody of the Seas,” a group of retired 1199ers and friends called in at Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Ketchikan before returning to Seattle, where the cruise started on August 29 and ended on September 5. Pictured are (front row, l-r) Lydia Ryle, Norma Vinson, Essie Williams, and Gladys Thomas; (back row, l-r) Elizabeth Williams. Betty Wilson, Juanita Jordan, Adele Butler, Barbara Bohannan, and Betty Mears). From all reports, a wonderful time was had by all.
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Labor Day at Penns Landing

Benefit Fund staffers Pamela Strite (l) and Eric Brooks (r) celebrate Labor Day at Penns Landing with 1199C organizer Elyse Ford (c)

Labor Day at Penns Landing

Benefit Fund staffers Pamela Strite (l) and Eric Brooks (r) celebrate Labor Day at Penns Landing with 1199C organizer Elyse Ford (c)

Retiree Washington D.C. – 3 Days/2 Nights

Join District 1199C Retirees For a 3 day/2 night trip to Washington, DC.  $310 per person, double occupancy. Trip date to be determined based on how many people sign up.  For information and to sign up, contact Adele Butler, 215-368-2491

Who Is Eligible?

Generally, you are eligible for the benefits described in these pages if you are a Wage Class I, II, or III member working for a participating employer who makes contributions to the Fund as the result of a collective bargaining agreement. Click here for a list of participating employers.

These employer contributions, made according to the terms of applicable collective bargaining agreements, are used to pay:

  • Fund-provided benefits,
  • insurance plan premiums, and
  • administrative fees for self-insured benefit plans.

To learn more about each of our benefits plans go to the Health & Welfare Handbook section using the link on the left.

To learn about how certain events in your life affect your benefits and the changes you can make, click on the Life Events link on the left.

What does the plan provide?

The plan provides normal, early and disability pension benefits. In addition, the Plan may provide pension benefits to your spouse or beneficiary after your death. The Plan is supported by contributions made by employers. Employee contributions are neither required nor permitted.

Generally, you are eligible for the Pension benefits described in these pages if you are a member working for a participating employer who makes contributions to the Fund as the result of a collective bargaining agreement. Click here for a list of participating employers.

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